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Frank Petrilli Named to the Daily Journal’s Top 40 Under 40

The Daily Journal has named Arent Fox Partner Frank Petrilli a “Top 40 Under 40” lawyer. Frank is one of 40 lawyers in California under the age of 40 to be recognized with this prestigious award in 2020.
  • The Daily Journal’s feature on Frank’s practice details his work as the head of Arent Fox’s land use group, where Frank advises clients such as Facebook, Bohannon Development Company, Ensemble Investments, and Genzon Group.
  • In addition to leading entitlement efforts for office campuses, multi-family housing, and other development projects in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley, Frank is focused on advocacy related to housing and transportation reform at the local and State level.


When asked about the effect of the pandemic, Frank discussed the trends he is seeing in the commercial sector and told the Daily Journal that the crisis has also highlighted the perennial twin dilemmas in the region regarding housing and transportation, asking “Will it be a catalyst for a reset of our priorities? There is room for brokering compromise as we recover.”

Previous Awards

  • Named as a California Rising Star every year since 2016, Petrilli also serves on the Board of Directors for the San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA) and guest lectures on land use and real estate law at UC Berkeley School of Law.
  • The 2017 - 2019 editions of Legal 500 also rank Frank as a Recommended Attorney, noting that clients describe Frank as “easy and enjoyable to work with,” and always able to “find solutions to difficult problems.”


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